Monaco saw their title chances dented as they fought back twice to draw at Lorient 2-2 to keep the gap from leaders Paris Saint-Germain at five points, while Saint-Etienne defeated Valenciennes 3-0 at home.
Paris Saint-Germain failed to equal the record for their longest unbeaten run in France's top flight after a 2-0 defeat away to Evian, while Bastia's goalkeeper Mickael Landreau broke the all-time Ligue 1 appearances record.
Almost a year from taking the reins, French coach Sebastien Desabre spoke with FIFA.com about his progress with Cameroonian club Coton Sport, his belief in youth, and their CAF Champions League run.
Lyon saw off Nantes with a 3-1 win to halt a run of six games without a win, while Nice beat Valenciennes 4-0 in a routine victory. Lorient and Bordeaux also played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
A 91st-minute Adrien Rabiot strike secured three points for Paris Saint-Germain against promoted Guingamp and Lyon lost for the second time this week, this time dropping points at Evian.
Monaco join Lyon, Saint-Etieene and Marseille atop the Ligue 1 table after a 4-1 victory over Montpellier, propelled by an Emmanuel Riviere hat-trick, while Lorient beat Nantes 2-1 and Paris Saint-Germain salvaged a late draw.